AUTHOR: Hansen, Dr. Will
PUBLISHED ON: April 25, 2003
TAGS: demons


Demons:  evil spirits, angelic beings who joined with Satan
in his rebellion against God in the kingdom of heaven (Rev.

Demon oppression:  mild to severe harassment by evil
spirit(s) resulting from the opening of some door(s) to
Satan’s influence.

Demon possession:  the condition in which one or more evil
spirits inhabit the body of a human being, taking complete
control of it at will and expressing his (or their)
personality through that body.

Symptoms of demon oppression (caution: some of these may
simply be the result of unconfessed sin or unconquered sin
habits in the life of the believer)

1.  abnormal, irrational fear

2.  abnormal, irrational anxiety

3.  abnormal, irrational loneliness

4.  severe and/or persistent depression that is not physiologically

5.  lack of self-control

6.  aimlessness; the feeling that life is void of any purpose or

7.  conflicts with authority figures

8.  violent, reckless behavior

9.  loss of the fear of God

10. outbursts of hatred

11. selfish ambition, especially an appetite for power

12. irrationality; inability to detect or correct contradictions
    or other fallacious reasoning

Open doors to demon oppression:

1.  indulgence in occultic music, literature, art, dancing, etc.

2.  possession ( known or unknown) of occultic records, tapes,
    books, pictures, charms, tools, games, etc.

3.  grudges against God and others

4.  poor self-image

5.  rebellion against authority

6.  dating relationships or close friendships with demon oppressed
    or  possessed people

7.  sexual immorality with demon oppressed or possessed people

8.  authority figures acceptance of Satanic influence

9.  seeking or giving consent to occultic power or occultic

10. fascination with occultic power, occultic revelation, or
    psychic phenomena, in general

11. rejection of what is know and understood to be true

12. participation in false religions or cults

13. wrong use of drugs and/or alcohol

14. wrong use of herbs

15. escapism through thrill- seeking ,science fiction, soap operas,
    or some other addicting hobby/activity

16. hedonism; an absorbing pursuit of entertainment and/or body

17. fascination with violence, especially violence devoid of
    justice; sadism and/or masochism

18. prolonged or persistent jealousy

19. bad temper or stubbornness

20. pornography

21. fascination with UFO phenomena; attempts to contact
    extraterrestrial beings

22. prolonged sleeplessness

23. meditation on anything other than God’s revealed truth

24. chanting or other cultic/occultic forms of worship

25. any contact with demon oppressed or possessed people that
    threatens the demon(s)

Symptoms of demon possession:

1.  intense, maniacal delight in wielding power

2.  total incapability of submitting to any but demonic authority

3.  filthy, uncontrolled swearing without provocation, even toward
    total strangers*

4.  irreverent, vile, lewd comments about members of the Godhead;
    comments attributing gross sexual immorality to Jesus*

5.  sustained supernatural strength or intelligence beyond that
    which might come from adrenalin or some other physiological

6.  irrationality to the degree that even the simplest spiritual
    truths are  beyond comprehension

7.  intense, highly disturbed reaction to the mentions of Jesus’
    name and Jesus’ blood shed on the cross for man’s sin*

8.  possession of supernatural, occultic power(s) e.g. ability to
    foretell future events, to levitate tables or other objects, or
    to travel outside the body, etc.

9.  wild, unnatural facial contortions

10. presence of two or more distinguishable, coherent
    personalities, personalities capable of expressing themselves
    simultaneously (may include emergence of strange voices, dual
    or multiple voices, and/or unnatural conversations)*

11. unexplainable, uncontrollable terror especially in the presence
    of Christians whose faith is strong* (this terror arises either
    from the  demon’s fear of being cast out or from the possessed
    person’s fear upon being cruelly threatened by the demon(s)

12. extreme violent, reckless behavior, e.g.  throwing knives,
    playing with poisonous snakes, etc.**

13. severe, persistent depression, despondency and/or temptations
    to commit suicide**

14. total lack of self- restraint, especially in sexual behavior;
    uncontrolled sexual advances

15. extreme disregard for physical appearance and/or physical

16. intense loneliness, even in the midst of warm, compassionate
    fellowship* conclusive evidence of possession **

The demon’s goal is to get the possessed person to kill
himself and/or others before he or they act on the
opportunity to be saved and become Christ’s “captives.

“Open doors to demon possession: 

1.  holding on to deep-
    seated grudges against God and others

2.  giving consent to occultic power or revelation, e.g. going to a
    fortune teller, having an astrological chart or forecast made,

3.  craving and seeking after occultic power or revelation, e.g.
    taking e.s.p. tests or other psychic aptitude tests

4.  possessing and/or using occultic tools, charms, books,
    music, souvenirs, etc.

5.  having parents or other close authority figures open doors to
    Satan’s influence

6.  blaspheming the Holy Spirit; i.e .repeatedly and consistently
    rejecting the work of the Holy Spirit as He reveals truth and
    convicts of sin 

7.  grossly and habitually rebelling against authority  8.
    habitually participating in gross sexual immorality

Closing doors to demon oppression and possession:

1.  Examine you life for any and all open doors. 

2.  Repent of opening those doors (except in the case of #25,
    p.2), and confess as sin the opening of doors by your
    authority figures. 

3.  Take action to demonstrate repentance and to purify your life,
    including the following:  a.) Release resentment/grudges
    against God and others, and seek for- giveness of those you
    have offended by your resentment.  b.)  Repudiate and renounce
    any and all occultic involvement; seek for- giveness of those
    you have offended by it; totally destroy all books and other
    objects connected with it. c.)  Get back under the authority of
    your parents, husband, pastor, elders, boss, teachers, and/or
    others against whom you rebelled; again, seek forgiveness
    wherever necessary.

4.  Ask Jesus Christ to take complete control of your life– with
    His will supreme, not your own.  Dedicate your heart, soul,
    mind, and strength to be used for His glory, for the
    fulfillment of His purposes.

How to be set free from possession:  With an intense
effort of your will, seek the help of God and of strong,
mature Christians.  Attempt to communicate your desire to be
set free.

Casting out demons 

1.  Make sure the possessed person encountered truly is possessed.
    Seek confirmation.

2.  Exercise empathic repentance first, closing any open
    doors to demon influence in your own life.

3.  Get not only the consent of the possessed person, but also that
    of his/her key authority figures, to cast the demon(s) out
    (Luke 11:24-26).

4.  Enlist the help of five or more physically and spiritually
    strong  Christians.

5.  Do NOT lay hands on the possessed person, except as necessary
    to prevent bodily harm.

6.  Identify the demon (or each demon, in cases where there are
    more than one) by asking him to give his name.

7.  In the name of Jesus and by the power of
    His shed blood, command the demon(s) to leave.

8.  Watch for deception–Remember: there may be more than just one
    or two.

9.  In cases where a demon is particularly stubborn, engage in
    group fasting and prayer (Mark 9:25-29).

10. Carefully and diligently lead the person through each step of
    closing doors to demon oppression/possession (given above).
    Remember that bringing the person to salvation, to the
    indwelling of God’s Spirit, is the only prevention for further
    demonpossession (Mark 9:25-29).

11. Stay close to the new convert and help him get involved in a
    solid program of discipleship in fellowship with other

For a catalog of materials on subjects pertaining to faith,
science, and the Bible please write or call: Dr. Hugh Ross Director
of Reasons to Believe P.O. Box 5978 Pasadena, CA 91107 (818)
355-6058 Copyrighted  1988

NOTE: It is extremely important to understand that believers
in Jesus Christ can be oppressed, but not possessed by
demons.  It is the teaching of some Christians (who are our
brothers) that Christians can actually become possessed by a
demon, or demons.

This is not possible, due to the fact that the Holy Spirit
takes up His abode (home) within each and every true
believer in Jesus Christ.  Our bodies are the temple of the
Holy Spirit; not the temple of Satan.  God will not share
His temple with Satan. (ridiculous thought)

“Greater is He that is within you, than he that is within
the world.”  This scripture tells us that the only One who
dwells in us, is the Holy Spirit, NEVER Satan.

Christians can do things that open the door to demon
oppression.  This happens when one strays from obedience to
the Lord Jesus Christ.  If a Christian insists upon
constantly sinning, Satan can, and will take the opportunity
to oppress him further, and try to drive him away from God.

— Dr. Will Hansen, Pastor
    Riverton Heights Baptist Church,  Seattle, WA

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